Artist appeals for hard work and self-reliance in South Sudan

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JUBA, South Sudan – A South Sudanese local artist and a former presenter of Juba’s Capital FM, Ronyo Remmy, with a stage name of Dr. Remmy, has who founded a studio in Juba, has said peace and development lie with the entire people, rather than waiting for external actors.

“The welfare of our communities, families and individuals rests on our collective efforts to take advantage of opportunities to fight for peace, diseases, poverty and gender based violence.”

He said if the people can work together, the cause of poverty leading which leads to the backwardness of our communities and nation as a whole, will make progress.

The artist stressed his desire for all mankind to enjoy life above the poverty line and save women from HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

“People, especially the youth, have to change their behaviors because they are at risk of getting the deadly sexually transmitted diseases.”

He called on government and non-governmental organizations to empower women, children, youth, orphans and business communities as one way of poverty eradication and holistic sustainable peace, love, unity and development amongst ourselves.

Dr. Ronyo further urged people to work hard, rather than waiting for simple things such as personal belongings to be put on the table by relatives, and to initiate small businesses which he said will grow with time and help them.

James Abola, the team leader of Akamai Global, a business and financial consulting firm, wrote that other people wrongly think that they can get rich by demanding money from others.

In this category, Abola cited friends and relatives who think they are entitled to enjoy the wealth of other people solely because of their relationships.

“You cannot become rich using demand technique because victims will become more careful as they avoid getting robbed. But even if you succeed with the robbery, you must lose this money one day if there is truly God,” Abola said.

The artist compared a small business undertaking to a mango plant which grows into a big tree after few years, and the mangoes are eaten by the owner who planted, the rest by the neighbors and the surplus is sold, a source of money.

Asked about his future plans, the artist said he plans to build an informed health and united developed community, regardless of tribes, states and regional origin through his music and videos.

He has so far produced two albums and is now working on a third. The first album has songs such as “Suffering,” “No More War,” I Miss My Darling,” “Be Ready,” and the second contains, “Why Are We Fighting” and “Let’s Come Together”–popular songs.

Commenting on joining music in 2009, the artist pointed out that, “It was when I recognized the existence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Discrimination and the different forms of human abuses amidst vast socioeconomic, cultural, and political differences in our present society, and noting with appreciation the various policies, structures and opportunities put in place by the government, donors and micro-finance institutions, convinced me to educate the people via music.”

Besides educating the masses, he said that music helps him in life by paying his bills since he is married and saves to further his education by enrolling in one of the universities early next year in Uganda.

The artist said he has performed in Juba and other counties in Central Equatoria in South Sudan, Arua, Nyadri and he had a tour on Sept. 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2014, with Young Mulo in Arua, Paidha, Madi Okollo and Nyadri in Uganda.

By Moi Julius

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